The operation focused on Maryland Avenue just west of Wilmington and involved a partnership of the Delaware State Police, New Castle County Police, Wilmington Police, Newport Police, and the Department of Probation and Parole, with assistance of the Department of Correction and the Justice of the Peace courts.

A two-day multi-agency law enforcement operation this week along the Maryland Avenue corridor just west of Wilmington resulted in 69 arrests.

The initiative took place Sept. 11 and 12, involving a partnership of the Delaware State Police, the New Castle County Police Department, the Wilmington Police Department, the Newport Police Department, and the Department of Probation and Parole, with the assistance of the Department of Correction and the Justice of the Peace courts.

The operation targeted the Maryland Avenue corridor in response to numerous citizen complaints of prostitution and other quality of life crimes that have been occurring in the area, State Police said.

During the two-day operation, 69 individuals were arrested and charged with 43 criminal or pedestrian offenses including prostitution, drug, and weapons charges. Some were also found to be wanted by various Delaware courts.

The operation also seized 8 grams of powder cocaine, 1.9 grams of heroin. 5.7 grams of marijuana, .74 grams of crack cocaine, $2672.00 in suspected drug sale proceeds, a .22 caliber handgun, and a pellet gun, State Police said.

"This operation is just another example of how the cooperation of multiple law enforcement agencies can go a long way in combating crime which will only increase the quality of life for the communities we serve," said. Delaware State Police Superintendent Col. Nathaniel McQueen Jr. "These results would not have been achieved without the cooperation of numerous agencies including the New Castle County Police, Wilmington Police, Newport Police, Department of Correction and the Justice of the Peace courts."